Type: Cultural Venues, Free Attractions, Historic Sites, Religious Sites
This Catholic Church is the main church of the picturesque Île St.-Louis, the oldest inhabited area of Paris. The church was built according to the architectural designs of Le Vau in stages between... Read More
This Catholic Church is the main church of the picturesque Île St.-Louis, the oldest inhabited area of Paris. The church was built according to the architectural designs of Le Vau in stages between 1624 and 1726. Le Vau was the royal architect of Versailles. The church's patron saint is Saint Louis de France who reigned as King Louis IX from 1226 - 1270. One of its most distinguishing attributes is the 18th c. church tower and the clock that decorates its exterior. Within its walls, the church has many valuable paintings including by Carle Van Loo. There are frequent concerts - classical and choir - given at the church. Check the website to see updated times and events. Mass is held Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.
- Sightseeing: "This church was first known as l'Eglise Notre-Dame-en-l'île but was rebaptized Eglise St.-Louis-en-l'Île in 1634. It is one of the smallest parishes in Paris. But its history is rich, Saint François de Sales once preached in these hallowed halls and the young Bonaparte, so it's said, once knelt in prayer here."
- Best for Sightseeing Because: The church dates to the early 17th c. and its central role, and position, on the historic and picturesque Île-St.-Louis make it a worthy destination.